Human and Vertebrate Genomics: Bioinformatics Tools and Resources (Durban, South Africa)

10 - 12 August 2017Durban, South Africa
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Application Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    In collaboration with the 17th
    Biennial Congress of the Southern African Society for Human Genetics
    ,
    this free-to-attend, 3-day course will provide an intensive introduction
    to bioinformatics tools freely available online, focusing primarily on
    the Human Genome data.

    Participants will be given hands-on training in the use of public
    databases and web-based sequence analysis tools. All course materials
    will be provided and also made available on the Web. The course has a
    strong emphasis on applied training, and practical exercises along with
    interaction and discussion between participants and instructors are key
    features of the programme.

    The course is free to attend amnd will be held at the Southern
    Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel
    , Durban, South Africa, prior to the
    start of the Congress. Applications are also welcomed from non-Congress
    attendees.

    Places are limited and will be awarded on merit. Please see “How to
    Apply” for more details.

    Please note
    : The course is free to attend.
    Travel and accommodation bursaries are not available for this
    course. Partcipants will need to provide their own wireless-enabled
    laptop computer for practical sessions.

    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of the course, participants can expect to be able to:

    • Browse and query genomes, and be able to interpret how genes and other features are displayed. Download data with BioMart and Table browser, upload their own data and interpret different biotypes.
    • Identify paralogous and orthologous genes, compare genomes and identify evolutionary conserved sequences.
    • Explore and interpret ENCODE data.
    • Query protein and domain databases, interpret protein structures, perform basic homology modelling and investigate pathway databases.
    • Access non-coding RNA databases, microRNA resources and view and interpret them.
    • Query genomic variation resources, integrate variation information and view this in the context of the genome and interpret genotypes and haplotypes.
    • Explore variation and the relationship between genotype, phenotype and disease using a variety of tools and databases.
    • Evaluate Next Generation Sequencing methods and their applications.
  • Programme \ Timetable

    The programme will include lecture and practical computer-based sessions*
    covering the following topics:

    • Genome browsing
    • Comparative Sequence Analysis
    • Working with Encode Data
    • Proteins, Complexes and Pathways
    • ncRNA
    • Genomic Variation
    • Variation, Function and Disease

    *Please note: Partcipants will need to provide their own
    wireless-enabled laptop computer for practical sessions.

    Timetable

    Thursday 10 August:
    08:30 – 09:00 Registration
    09:00 – 10:00 Participants talks
    10:00 – 11:00 Introductory talk
    11:00 – 11:30 Coffee
    11:30 – 13:00 Module 1(Intro Ensembl)
    13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
    14:00 – 15:00 Module 2 (intro UCSC and other browsers)   
       
    15:00 – 15:30 Coffee
    15:30 – 17:00 Module 3 (Comparative Genomics)

    Friday 11 August
    09:00 – 10:30 Module 4 (Working with Encode data)
    10:30 – 11:00 Coffee
    11:00 – 12:30 Module 5 (Proteins, Complexes and Pathways)
    12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
    13:30 – 15:00 Module 6 (ncRNA)
    15:00 – 15:30 Coffee
    15:30 – 17:00 Talk Own Research/Ask the instructors
           
    Saturday 12 August
    09:00 – 10:30 Module 7 (More Complex Genome Browsing)
    10:30 – 11:00 Coffee
    11:00 – 13:00 Module 8 (Genomic Variation)
    13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
    14:00 – 15:00 Module 9 (Variation, Expression and Disease)
    15:00 – 15:30 Coffee
    15:30 – 16:30 Talk (Next Gen Sequencing)
    16:30 – 17:00 Own research / ask the instructors

  • Course URLs
  • Instructors

    Course Instructors
    Jane Loveland EMBL-EBI, UK
    Ben Moore The European Bioinformatics
    Institute, UK
    Matthew Clark Earlham Institute, UK
    Bert Overduin University of Edinburgh, UK
    Pablo Rabinowicz Independent Consultant (former
    Principal Investigator,  Institute for Genome Sciences, University
    of Maryland School of Medicine, USA)
    Arox Kamng’ona
    University of Malawi College of Medicine, Malawi

  • How to Apply

    Cost

    Bursaries (UK and overseas courses – delete as
    applicable)

    UK: Advanced Courses are subsidised for non-commercial
    applicants from anywhere in the world. Additional, limited bursaries are
    available (up to 50% of the course fee) and are awarded on merit. If you
    would like to apply for a
    bursary, please complete the bursary section
    of the online application
    form.

    Please note that both the applicant
    and sponsor are required to provide
    a justification for the
    bursary as part of the application.

    Overseas: Overseas courses are free to attend for
    non-commercial applicants. Limited bursaries to cover travel,
    accommodation and sustenance costs are available and are awarded on
    merit. If you would like to apply for a
    bursary, please complete the
    bursary section of the online application
    form.

    Please note that both the applicant
    and sponsor are required to provide
    a justification for the
    bursary as part of the application

    Bursary terms and conditions

    UK Courses (held at the Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton,
    Cambridge)
    A
    limited number of bursaries are available for each course. These are
    awarded by the selection committee according to merit. The bursary
    covers a maximum of 50% of the course fee, though in exceptional
    circumstances an application for the total course fee may be considered.
    Where there are many bursary applications, the selection committee may
    issue smaller amounts. We cannot assist with travel costs to attend UK
    courses.

    Overseas Courses (held outside of the UK)
    A
    limited number of bursaries are available for each course. These are
    awarded on merit to cover travel, accommodation and sustenance. The
    maximum award for travel (economy class) will be £750.

    Bursaries can be applied for as part of the course application form.
    Applicants
    will be notified of a bursary award along with their place on
    the
    course, usually within one month of the application deadline. The
    decision of the selection committee is
    final.